February 1, 2011

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment and arraignment of RENATO SEABRA, 21, in Manhattan Supreme Court on one count of Murder in the Second Degree [1] in connection with the death of Carlos Castro. The indictment alleges that SEABRA intentionally murdered his victim.

According to documents filed in court, SEABRA traveled to New York City with the victim from their native Portugal on December 29, 2010. Castro had been staying at the Hotel InterContinental on West 44th Street in Manhattan. On January 7, 2010, a hotel employee discovered the victim unclothed on the floor of his hotel room, with visible injuries. The defendant was not present.

Emergency medical personnel at the scene pronounced the victim dead at 7:18 p.m. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York ruled that the cause of death was blunt injuries to the head and neck compression, and the manner of death was homicide.

Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal, Senior Counsel for Trial Bureau 80, is prosecuting this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kerry O’Connell, Chief of Trial Bureau 80, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. Members of the NYPD's Midtown North Precinct assisted in the investigation, including Lieutenant James West and Detective John Mongiello.


Defendant Information:

RENATO SEABRA, D.O.B. 09/10/1989
Cantanhede, Portgual


  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
A class A felony is punishable by up to 25 years to life in prison.

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World Muslim Population Grows

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030, according to a new, comprehensive report released today by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life on the size, distribution and growth of the Muslim population. The study is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, an effort funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation to analyze religious change and its impact on societies around the world.

Over the next two decades, the worldwide Muslim population is forecast to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population ? an average annual growth rate of 1.5% for Muslims compared with 0.7% for non-Muslims. If current trends continue, Muslims will make up 26.4% of the world's total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030, up from 23.4% of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.

However, while the global Muslim population is predicted to grow at a faster rate than the non-Muslim population, it is also expected to grow at a slower pace in the next 20 years than it did in the previous two decades. From 1990 to 2010, the global Muslim population increased at an average annual rate of 2.2%; for the period from 2010 to 2030, the rate of growth is projected to be 1.5%.

These are among the key findings of The Future of the Global Muslim Population, which seeks to provide up-to-date estimates of the number of Muslims around the world in 2010 and to project the growth of the Muslim population from 2010 to 2030.

The full report, which includes an executive summary, interactive maps and sortable data tables, is available on the Pew Forum's website.

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. As part of the Washington-based Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonadvocacy organization, the Pew Forum does not take positions on any of the issues it covers or on policy debates.

SOURCE Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

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HIV-Positive Airman in Kansas Sentenced to 8 Years



Tech Sergeant David Gutierrez, an HIV-positive airman at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, was found guilty and sentenced to eight years in military prison, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Gutierrez was accused of having unprotected sex with multiple partners without telling them he was HIV positive. A court martial convicted him on seven counts of aggravated assault and violating his commander’s order to notify sexual partners about his HIV status and to use condoms. Gutierrez was also convicted of indecent acts for having sex in front of others and eight counts of adultery. He originally faced 53 years in prison.

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Craigslist was a hit list


All four of the corpses found near a Long Island beach in December were young prostitutes who advertised their services on the Internet and were likely slain by a serial killer, authorities said yesterday.

After identifying one of the bodies as a Maine hooker last week, officials revealed that the three other skeletons found wrapped in burlap bags at Gilgo Beach were all Craigslist escorts who were killed shortly after meeting their slayer for sexual trysts.

Using DNA evidence, the victims were identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn.; Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon; and Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Buffalo.

Megan Waterman, 22, of Maine, was identified last week.

The killer's last known victim, Costello, went missing from North Babylon only five months ago on Sept. 2. Waterman was last seen at a Hauppauge Holiday Inn on June 6 of last year, Barthelemy went missing from The Bronx on July 12, 2009, and Brainard-Barnes vanished from Manhattan in July 2007.

"I think it fits within the known definition of what a serial killer would be," said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, adding that more than one culprit could be involved.

Barthelemy, who moved from Buffalo to New York to become a stripper and prostitute, was reported missing on July 18, 2009. The NYPD confirmed that her mother and sister received calls from her daughter's cellphone just days after she went missing.

"Do you know what your sister does for a living?" the male caller asked, according to Barthelemy's mother. "Your sister's a whore, don't be like your sister."

Barthelemy's mother said her daughter first traveled to New York with her rapper boyfriend and decided to stay. She promised she would use the money earned from her stripping and prostitution to one day return to Buffalo.

Waterman traveled to Hauppauge last June with her boyfriend and pimp, Akeem Cruz, 20, of Brooklyn, and vanished after leaving the hotel. Cruz is currently in prison in Maine on a drug rap.

Norwich cops said that Brainard-Barnes left her Connecticut home for New York City on July 12, 2007, and has not been heard from since.

Originally published by SELIM ALGAR and JOHN DOYLE.

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"Sexting" May Lead to Criminal Consequences

December 05, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The latest gossip, according to RadarOnline, is that the Tony Parker and Eva Longoria-Parker divorce stemmed from a lengthy "sexting" relationship Tony had with a former teammate's wife, Erin Barry. It is likely that Parker will join the ranks of other celebrities, such as Tiger Woods and Brett Favre, who have been enveloped in drama-filled sexting scandals.

Sexting, by all practical evaluations, has gained mainstream attention with these high-profile incidents. "Sexting" is the texting of sexually explicit or scandalous messages and pictures. For many seeking to cheat on a spouse or significant other, sexting provides a discreet way to communicate with another person.

While the internal conflict caused by sexting in these relationships is great, as evidenced by the Parker-Longoria and Woods-Nordegren divorces, another large concern regarding sexting should be the legal consequences for sexting. Unknowingly opening a sexually explicit photo from an underage woman or man can lead to child pornography charges. Sexting a non-consenting person may lead to harassment allegations. These are just two examples of how sexting can create criminal charges.

The legal implications of explicit sexting may also entrap teens. According to a 2009 survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 20 percent of teens admit to sexting.

Prosecutors Use Texts in Criminal Prosecution

When a person is suspected of criminal activity, North Carolina police may seek a search warrant. Cell phones and cell phone records can often provide police with a wealth of information about a suspect, including evidence to be used in a criminal prosecution.

While those who send or receive "sext" messages often believe that their communications are private, if the police have suspicion that illegal acts are occurring, a search warrant may permit the police to search the phone and phone records.

Throughout the country, suspects often learn the hard way that text messages can be used in criminal prosecutions for sex crimes. According to the North Carolina News & Observer, the following examples are just a handful of the hundreds of cases throughout the U.S. that involve sexting:
- An 18-year-old man was convicted of distributing obscene materials in Iowa when he sent a 14-year-old girl a picture of his genitals.
- An 18-year-old man was charged with distributing child pornography after he sent a nude photo of his 16-year old girlfriend to dozens of people.
- A 14-year old girl was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography in New Jersey after posting sexually explicit photos on MySpace.
Anyone who sends or receives sexually explicit photos or messages from an underage teen, has reason to be concerned. A child pornography charge can lead to a lifetime on the sex offender registry, in addition to jail time, fines and serious reputation damage.

Sexting is a dangerous gamble. With the advancements of modern technology, it is not known how far beyond the intended recipient a text message will go. Tony Parker, Tiger Woods and Brett Favre are only celebrity examples of the reputation damage sexting can cause. In all circumstances, it is urged that sexting be avoided because of the large criminal consequences that may be triggered after one single explicit text message.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for a sex crime as a result of explicit text messages or social networking posts, contact a skilled Raleigh criminal defense attorney . A criminal defense lawyer will fight on your behalf and aggressively protect your rights.

Article provided by Roberts Law Group, PLLC
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